Bulldog Targets On the Move

Signing day is just over ten days away. Despite the late date, there is still some jockeying for position with priority prospects by college coaches. Mississippi State will host seven official visitors this weekend in hopes of adding some of the final touches to the 2014 signing class.

Coach Dan Mullen and his staff will bring in four current verbal pledges in Farfield, Alabama offensive lineman Deion Calhoun, Tyler, Texas defensive end Will Coleman, Decatur, Georgia linebacker Deshon Cooper and Pelham, Alabama defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett. Rounding out the invited guests will be a trio of undeclared out of staters who have Mississippi State among their finalists.

Miami, Florida native Antony Brown of Killian High School is one of a handful of names in contention for a defensive end spot in the class. Brown decommitted from Florida International earlier this week on the heels of an official visit to Arkansas.

The Bulldogs get their chance to impress this weekend in hopes of beating out the Razorbacks in what appears to be a battle of SEC Western division foes.

Jervontius Stallings of Spain Park High School is a name that has moved into the center of the Bulldogs' recruiting radar in recent weeks.

Stallings, originally from Summit, Mississippi, visited Kentucky last week, but left without making a commitment.

The talented center will visit Mississippi State along with his parernts to see just how much the Starkville campus has changed over the course of the last few years.

The Bulldogs appear to have the inside lane with Stallings and a commitment is expected even if it does not come to pass this weekend.

Long time Bulldog target Cory Thomas will make his long awaited official to Mississippi State this weekend.

Thomas committed to Tennessee some time ago and Volunteers' head coach Butch Jones made his in home visit with Thomas yesterday to ensure the talented defensive lineman follows through on his plans to visit Knoxville next weekend.

There is some serious chatter behind the scenes that the Bulldogs have some real momentum with Thomas heading into their official visit this weekend.

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Comings and Goings

Mississippi's Mr. Football, Aeris Williams, took the only official visit on his schedule last weekend when he tripped to Mississippi State.

Ole Miss had invited Williams to Oxford this weekend, but the four star back has declined that invitation.

Three star defensive lineman Grant Harris was set to visit Miami this weekend, but those plans have now changed.

Coach Bobby Petrino and Louisville extended an offer to Harris late Sunday and invited him for an official visit this weekend.

Mississippi State and Southern Miss have remained constants in Harris' list of favorites, so it would appear to take a lot for the Cardinals to pull the Clinton, Mississippi product out of state after such a brief courtship.

Newly hired Louisville offensive coordinator Garrick McGee was actively recruiting Harris during his tenure as head coach at UAB and has continued that pursuit at his new post.

Longtime Mississippi State commitment Sean Rawlings will take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.

The Rebels are looking to replace six scholarship offensive linemen. With a recent transfer from the Rebels' depth chart and a solid post season review by offensive line coach Matt Luke, Rawlings is again on the Ole Miss' radar.

While some have forecasted a change in course for Rawlings' college future, sources close to the situation report that no decisions have been made at this time.

Rawlings will have the chance to have back to back all expense paid excursions with three star offensive guard Jordan Sims.

Both prospects visited Mississippi State last weekend and will be at Ole Miss this weekend.

Bulldog on again off again target J.T. Gray is visiting Iowa State where his official visit host will be new Cyclone signee Jordan Harris, a Clarksdale native who earned All-American honors this past season at Co-Lin.

Gray is scheduled to visit Mississippi State next weekend to see if a spot opens up to allow him room in the Bulldogs' signing class.

Four star defensive tackle Marcus Griffin is slated to see Starkville next weekend, but the talented big man has decided to trip to Arizona this weekend rather than Notre Dame.

With official visits to both Cal and Washington State already under his belt, it appears that Cal may have an edge heading into the final two visits.

New Bulldog target Ravian Pierce recently backed off of a pledge to Arkansas and is now looking at other options.

The four star tight end is staying in his home state of Florida this weekend and visiting Florida Atlantic, but plans to trip to Mississippi State next weekend.

Going, going, gone

S.S. Murphy defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth elected not to follow through on his plans to visit Mississippi State this weekend.

The three star defensive tackle reports that it his intention to follow through on his earlier commitment to South Carolina.

Mississippi State made a run at Oak Hills, California defensive end Kennedy Eemesibe, but after a recent in home visit with the three star it is clear that the Bulldogs will be heading in another direction for their needs at defensive end.

Still in the Mix?

Carter visited MSU in November
Dallas, Texas four star defensive end Trey Carter recently hosted Coach Dan Mullen and defensive line boss David Turner on an in home visit. Carter has shied away from the media spotlight since committing to Oklahoma State back during November, but no news may not always be good news for the folks in Stillwater.

Despite keeping a lower profile, Carter has remained in touch with other programs besides the Cowboys.

It appears the the lines of communication remain open while Carter deliberates his college future.

Mississippi State assistant Greg Knox has spearheaded the Bulldogs' efforts to land Carter along with a strong assist from Coach Turner.

Carter has family in Mississippi and that along with some solid recruiting have kept the Bulldogs in consideration.

A one time Oklahoma lean, the Bulldogs were able to get Carter and his family on campus for a hardly fought battle with then #1 Alabama.

If some is good, more is better

A handful of official visitors from last weekend now plan to return to Stakville this weekend to spend more time together on campus and aid in the recruitment of some key targets in the class.

Four star linebacker Gerri Green canceled all of his remaining visits and plans to join up with Brandon Bryant and others as the group returns to their future college home for one final weekend before national signing day.

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